Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Op-ed: 
The 'People's Pope' tries to appease the unappeasable
By: Diane Sori

“I am with you.”  
- Pope Francis' words to Palestinian children while in Bethlehem

Let me start by saying that some articles are harder to write than others and this is one of them for NEVER in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd say anything against the Pope of the Holy Roman Catholic Church for NOT only do I respect the man but I respect and honor the position he holds. But when the Pope appears to side against Israel I cannot remain silent.

Just a few days ago, Pope Francis publicly said words he should NEVER have said as he, the titular head of the Roman Catholic Church and speaking on their behalf, expressed sympathy and solidarity with the Palestinians, and gave his and the Church's support to the so-called (non-existent) Palestinians. And he did this during his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land as Pope.

Repeatedly saying he backed the Palestinians statehood goal, Pope Frances, who could have prayed anywhere during his visit to the West Bank, calculatingly chose to pray at Israel’s rightfully placed and so needed separation wall...the one that keeps the barbarians from blowing up innocent people in Israel...chose to pray at a section where “Free Palestine” was scribbled on the wall...and also chose to call the recent halt in the peace talks “unacceptable.”
 
He even went so far as to arrange a June 6th meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian presidents...a meeting to be held at the Vatican where Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres can pray for peace together. “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer,” Pope Frances said, but I doubt this will in the end come to fruition for the Palestinians do NOT want peace nor do they want just a sliver of Israel...they want ALL of Israel...and the Pope should well know this...or does but just does NOT care or is just too fearful of addressing the truth.

But wait, to insure this meeting take place, watch this most liberal of Popes invite Barack HUSSEIN Obama to join in the prayers...oh what a photo-op from hell that would be.

And there's more...Pope Francis, now sadly showing himself to be a liberal muslim supporting Pope, also gave a private luncheon for five Palestinian families who claim they were directly harmed by Israel's policies, but he did NOT host the same for let's say five Israeli families of those the Palestinians have killed with their almost daily rocket launches into Israel or with their much ballyhooed suicide bombings.

And all this obvious anti-Israel and shadowy anti-Jewish sentiments by this Pope has the Palestinians dancing in the streets, so to speak, as Palestinian officials applauded this most revered man's decision to refer to the “state of Palestine." But even more appalling than that...and almost on par with Barack HUSSEIN Obama's demand that Israel pull back to its pre-'67 borders...was this Pope calling Mahmoud Abbas a "man of peace," referring to him as the president of the “state of Palestine,” and referring to his Bethlehem office as the “presidential palace.” 
And with those words Pope Frances knowingly or unknowingly dug the knife deep into Israel's back and did so before the cameras.

And just like after 9/11, the muslims here in America...those of so-called Palestinian descent...had to stick their two-cents in helping to flame the fire this Pope ignited.

“Coming to Bethlehem and flying to Bethlehem from Jordan shows solidarity with the Palestinian people, which is wonderful. We need that,” were the words spoken by Samar Sakkakin from Canton, Michigan NOT far from the muslim enclave of Dearborne...words once again proving there is NO such thing as a moderate muslim.

But what's even worse than the words Pope Frances spoke or the invite to pray he made is that this man had NO business butting into affairs he knows NOTHING about. Let him live under the threat of daily rocket attacks...let him wander the streets of Tel-Aviv or other areas of Israel and wonder if the next bus he takes or the next restaurant he stops at to eat will be his last...let him experience what it's like to have less than a minutes warning to get into a bomb shelter...let him live under the threat of a nuclear bomb aimed at his country with madmen at the trigger...let him have all that and then and only then can he butt into the affairs of a sovereign nation...of Israel...who lives daily with hungry wolves at her door.

And dare I say this Pope misled his followers because for weeks leading up to his visit, Pope Frances had been insisting that this three-day trip to the Holy Land was to be a “strictly religious” pilgrimage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a previous meeting between the Catholic and Orthodox hierarchy, and to pray with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the head of the world's Orthodox Christians. Changing his mind at the very last minute as his advisers claim, and then doing and saying what this Pope has done and said, now removes this visit in its entirety from the religious and places it into the realm of the political. And when one is the head of the Holy Roman Catholic Church with its roughly 1.2 billion followers, the political fallout can have huge ramifications...and in this case those ramifications bode very poorly for Israel.

And smack of the 'old hatreds' resurfacing.

Claiming he is a friend of Israel...but with his actions and words sadly proving otherwise...Pope Frances, on the final stop of this trip, arrived in Israel where he pulled out the best of the accepted politically correct words and called for a “just and lasting solution” so that Israelis and Palestinians may live in peace. Saying Israel deserves peace and security “within internationally recognized borders,” while the Palestinians have a “right to live with dignity and with freedom of movement” in their own homeland, this Pope cannot accept the simple fact that there is NO such thing as Palestinians...they're just run-of-the-mill Arabs most with Jordanian ancestry... and that their homeland is NOT Israel but is Jordan and the other massive Arab nations that surround the tiny sliver of land that is Israel...a nation that cannot ill-afford to give up even one handful of dirt to those who wish to wipe her off the face of the Earth.

And Pope Francis for whatever reason cannot accept the fact that their own brethren do NOT want them as the so-called Palestinians are the bottom of the Arab barrel in every respect.

So while Pope Francis' intentions might be good...and as the Holy See I pray they are...and his hope for peace between the two factions heartfelt...the sad reality is that he has overstepped his bounds on this one as most Westerners know that there can NEVER be peace with those out to kill us all.

14 comments:

  1. This is outrageous activity by the Pope. Saying a murderer is a man of peace.
    But... the Bible foretells of a 7 year peace treaty, so this could be the start of it.

    Of course the anti-Christ reveals himself after 3 1/2 years and all hell breaks loose in the Great Tribulation. Will the Pope assist the anti-Christ knowingly or unknowingly? Anyway, MARANATHA!

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    1. NO...this is the start of Israel doing what it needs t do to survive as the JEWISH state.

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  2. Good for you Diane ! Exactly right .

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  3. This Pope from the start has been an issue. A big mouth issue for people of the world. He needs to be replaced and if he thinks for one moment that the muslims from the Mideast would not stab him in the back or slit his throat the first moment they could he is a stupid Pope to boot. This wealth redistribution rant of less than a month ago allowing any credibility to our boob in the white house was one of the turning points. Add that to the let them in/illegals preaching humanitarianism yet not telling the same said people to not vote for those who support the murder of innocent life makes him quite the hypocrite in my book. Needless to say I am not a catholic but this man and that is all he is, is reeking of the old days of Rome.

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    1. I don't believe the Pope is just a simple, humble man. He has certainly stepped in it" here and I can't believe he has no advisors who don't know the facts about Israel and the Palestinians. With a smile and a prayer, he is being callous to the plight of Israel and should know better. I thought the same thing when Cardinal O'Leary took sides with illegal immigration at the border. The Catholic Church is undermining Israel as well as America. I was heartened by a report by NumbersUSA about good statistical polls showing that a majority of American Catholics are against illegal (lawless) immigration and don't support the church leadership here. I left the CC 40 yrs ago and haven't looked back. I couldn't understand how homosexuals could be priests and also for a more personal experience with my parish monsignor, I dropped out.

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    2. This man reeks of being a communist and that is so sad s a lot of hope was held out for him...hope now shot to hell.

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  4. Pope Francis originally came from Argentina – a very leftist state which is borderline communist. One must consider his background and the type of propaganda he read before he became Pope. He obviously agrees with people like Hugo Chavez, Castro, Kim Jong Un and others where everyone shares in the pain (except those friendly to the dictatorship.)

    I can see from his statements that he only heard the Palestinian side of the story. I think Netanyahu should invite him to stay with a family that lives near the Gaza Strip or near Lebanon. He could see firsthand who the aggressor is!

    I don’t say the Pope is bad, but he is VERY confused!

    He seems to also be going light on homosexuality. I wonder if he would mind gays getting married, and how he would justify that using the bible.

    I personally liked the last Pope better. Pope John Paul was also a good man in my opinion.

    Now…this is strictly hearsay…but I read that according to the prophesy of St. Malachy this would be the LAST pope. The way that guy is tilting to the left I understand why he COULD be the LAST pope. GOOD GRIEF!

    Maybe Diane and Craig can squeeze that in tomorrow for their discussion (last hour please), I can’t listen to the first hour because I’m still at work.

    Now who is the anti-Christ? Could it be OBAMA! HA HA. I bet Craig would say it is Obama, but I’m not for sure!

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    1. Yes, Francis did come from Argentina. He has been referred to as the 'Schindler of Argentina' for rescuing at least 1000 people through his own networks during Argentina's so-called 'dirty war', when he was a priest.

      http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/book-says-pope-saved-more-1000-dirty-war

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    2. Neither of us deal with this from the religious end and if he s the last Pope (which I doubt) it's because of actions like siding with those against Israel.

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  5. I can understand your column.
    I am Catholic myself, and some of the actions of the Pope may be hard to understand.

    I can only ask - what would Jesus do? What is there to be accomplished by going to the Holy Land, visiting with the Palestinians and saying right from the get-go, ‘by the way, you’re wrong. You’re sinners’. What good would that do? Would that solve anything? Do you think they would have had open ears to have heard anything else Francis had to say? And what should he do after that? Start another Crusade?

    Look at the Bible - at what Jesus did and said. He approached sinners on a personal level. He ate with them. He broke custom and spoke to a woman who was alone fetching water - and a Samaritan woman at that! (Jews were hostile to the Samaritans). His disciples even asked Him why he was speaking to a woman.

    Let’s read Matthew 9 -

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    As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
    While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
    On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
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    Couldn’t the same be said of Pope Francis? “The blog readers asked, why does Francis meet with Palestinians and Arab leaders. Why does he eat with them. Doesn’t he know who they are”?

    From what I can see, the Pope is trying to bring peace - to make a difference. He is being diplomatic.
    It is in outreach that hearts are touched. As when Jesus called Matthew. As when he called Zacchaeus.

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    Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
    When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
    All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
    Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
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    I can see a lot of people “muttering” on this and other blogs about the actions of the pope that don’t square with what they thing he should be doing. He has asked the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to come to the Vatican to talk. That is something. I’m not sure what difference he can make, but he is trying.

    As the Pope said while in the Holy Land, “this violence in the name of The Lord must stop!”



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    1. This is NOT about Jesus per se as neither the Jews nor the so-called Palestinians believe in Jesus. This however is about the titular head of the 1.8 billion member Holy Roman Catholic Church speaking on their behalf and speaking in favor of those wishing to wipe Israel off the map! Shades of the 'old hatreds' I would say.

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  6. Prophecy being fulfilled.

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    1. NOPE, a religious leader butting into things he has NO business butting into...IMHO.

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